The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Haughty Pride of the Elite

  If you are familiar with the story of Whittaker Chambers, you know that when he left the Communist Party in the 1930s, he told his wife he was “leaving the winning side for the losing side.” So powerful was the Soviet apparatus, it seemed that evil was certain to triumph and yet, by his […]

Churchill on Education

  In 1897, when he was a young officer serving in Bangalore, Winston Churchill recorded his ideas on “universal compulsory education,” a policy that he deemed “a somewhat dangerous experiment.” If the policy could not be reversed, what was the appropriate curriculum for boys? “Reading and writing, the knowledge of sufficient arithmetic to enable the […]

Didn’t We Try to Warn You?

  When last we took notice of Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler had decided there were limits to coddling Antifa, namely when they tried to set up an “autonomous zone” in front of his apartment building. Nothing can appease the vandal horde: A statue of George Washington, the first president of the United States, was toppled […]

Hallowed Ground

  Try to imagine a row of men, standing shoulder to shoulder, all of them armed with rifles. Picture those men standing on a hill, a few hundred yards in the distance, with their guns aimed at you. Now imagine yourself, standing amid a similar group of armed men, ordered to march across that distance […]

Creepy Uncle Joe Ain’t No Ways Tired?

  The pathetic old fool has lost whatever sense of dignity he ever had: Joe Biden’s apparent penchant for pandering to minority voters as a political tactic is insulting, and some of his remarks while campaigning in the South are “disgusting,” according to National Review Online’s Deroy Murdock. On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host played […]

Bernie Sanders: George Wallace Fan?

  Should we muster some “strange new respect” for Bernie? Seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to George Wallace as “perhaps the most dangerous racist in America today,” a young Bernie Sanders praised the segregationist Alabama governor. In an interview with the Brattleboro Reformer in 1972, Sanders, then 31, said Wallace “advocates some outrageous approaches […]

False Dilemmas and Real Binaries: Patterns of Error in Logic and Rhetoric

  In his book SJWs Always Lie, Vox Day makes the important distinction between logic (the mental process by which we seek truth) and rhetoric (the language of persuasion). Both logic and rhetoric are skills necessary to statesmanship, because the political leader must first analyze the problems of public policy (logic), then explain the problem […]

Dear Tyler O’Neil …

  Politics is about winning. I understand that, and one of the main reasons I support Donald Trump is that, unlike so many Republicans, our president understands that. All your finest policy ideas count for nothing if you cannot win elections, and a certain ruthlessness about tactics is necessary to defeat the Democrats, who are […]

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